Raw Neapolitan Cheesecake, Blogaversary and a Giveaway!

4 years ago today I posted my first recipe on this blog.  It was a red velvet cupcake recipe featuring beets, and it was not plant based at all because I had used cream cheese frosting and I had taken a single photo of the cupcakes with the worst lighting possible.  But I was proud of it.  I was sharing my recipes as I wanted to not just on Facebook, but on a blog.  Before I started blogging, blogs to me were something other professional people did.  Not just random people looking to share recipes with their friends like I was trying to do at that point.  So it felt like an accomplishment.

That was after all what I started this blog for.  To simply share dessert recipes with friends.  So much has changed since then.  It has become more than that.  I still share recipes, but with way more people than I had originally imagined.  That is awesome.  It makes me happy that so many of you want to read my recipes!  I have changed my ways of eating as well.  I went from vegetarian to vegan to mostly raw recipes and including savory items as well with the occasional body care recipe.
I figure why limit myself to just desserts, and I know others might like to enjoy what I am having for dinner as well.  I never thought I would have the audience I now have, and I am extremely grateful for each and every one of you who take the time to visit my blog and hear what I have to say or to find a recipe to try. Thank you so much for making my day by being here.

Since it is my blogaversary, I thought I would make a delicious cake to celebrate!  A Raw Neapolitan Cheesecake to be exact.  Neapolitan ice cream reminds me of birthday parties as a kid for some reason, so I thought a neapolitan cake for my blog's birthday would be appropriate.  I made a simple raw cheesecake with fresh organic strawberries for one layer, raw cacao powder for the next and vanilla bean for the other and it was delicious!  Simple to make as well, which I know you all appreciate. I think this might be a good recipe for Valentine's Day as well since anything with strawberries and chocolate is welcome on that holiday (at least for me).

Lastly, besides the delicious cake, to celebrate I am giving away a copy of my latest book "Fragrant Vanilla Cake: Sweet and Savory" to one lucky winner!  So scroll down to the bottom to enter!  Good luck to you all and thank you for allowing me to keep my blog going with all of your support!

Raw Neapolitan Cheesecake
Makes one 6 inch cake

Crust:
2/3 cup raw sprouted buckwheat groats (or additional coconut)
1/3 cup ground flaxseed
3/4 cup dried finely shredded coconut
1/3 cup raw cacao powder
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
10-12 soft medjool dates, pitted and chopped (if they are not soft, soak them in water until they are and drain them well)

Filling:
4 cups young coconut meat*
1/2 cup coconut water
2/3 cup raw coconut nectar, or maple syrup
1/2  teaspoon sea salt
1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract and seeds from half a vanilla bean
3/4 cup raw coconut butter (warmed to liquid)

1/2 cup fresh organic strawberries
3 Tbsp raw cacao powder

Lightly coat a 6 inch spring form removable bottom pan with coconut oil. To prepare the crust, process flax, coconut, buckwheat and sea salt in a food processor until fine crumbs, then add the dates and process until the mixture holds together when squeezed between your fingers (if not holding together, add more dates). Firmly press crust into the bottom of the prepared pan, and set aside.

To make the filling, in a high speed blender or food processor, combine coconut meat, water, coconut nectar, sea salt, vanilla and blend until smooth and creamy. With the processor running, add the coconut butter and process for a minute until blended.

Divide the mixture into 3 bowls.  Place one back into the blender and add the 1/2 cup strawberries. Blend until smooth, then pour back into the bowl.  Rinse out the blender. Add the second bowl back to the food processor and add the cacao powder.  Blend until smooth, and pour back into the bowl.

To assemble the cake, pour the chocolate filling into the pan over the crust, reserving 2 Tbsp in the bowl and smooth out.  Then pour the vanilla filling over that smoothing out and reserving 2 Tbsp in the bowl.  Pour the strawberry filling over that, and smooth out.  Then drop the reserved fillings over that randomly by the 1/2 tsp, and swirl with a knife then a toothpick for smaller swirls.  Place in the freezer for about 4 hours to firm up. Store in the fridge.

*If you do not have access to young coconut meat, you can substitute 4 cups raw cashews soaked for 4 hours and drained.


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I am a vegan girl who loves to make healthier desserts and dishes with lots of veggies. Recipes are meant to be shared, that is why I started blogging!

48 Comments
  1. February 5, 2015 at 12:54
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    Just one?! OK, then it has to be the Kohlrabi Mushroom Corn Slaw with Creamy Hemp Dressing. I just ordered my young coconut meat and have dusted off my dehydrator. Time to play with more raw dessert recipes! LOVE YOU!!

  2. February 5, 2015 at 13:52
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    My favourite recipe?! hard to pick. you know i've recreated a few, so these were definitely some of my favourites... perhaps the Raw Berry Red Velvet Short Cake is my favourite favourite :))<br />looking forward to recreating some more of your recipes :D<br />**Maisy

  3. February 5, 2015 at 14:12
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    So hard to pick! But that 7 Layer Crave Cake looks AMAZING! Honestly, I haven't seen anyone do raw desserts better than you, so keep those coming!

  4. February 5, 2015 at 14:54
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    Congratulations on 4 years! I love all of your recipes and your pictures are just beautiful. This neopolitan cake is GORGEOUS and I'm sure delicious!

  5. Bárbara Mäkel
    February 5, 2015 at 15:00
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    I can't say I have a favorite because I've successfully made lots of them already... But I must say the Vegan Matcha White Chocolates are remade over and over (you got my pic on Facebook hehe)! I think you already have so many interesting recipes out there... but maybe some more savory stuff? Anyway, I just love everything :)

  6. February 5, 2015 at 15:34
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    Love all your beautiful photos of your raw desserts! RAW can be so amazing !! Thanks for the recipes, will have a try and hope I have the same result as you, think I need to practice though ;-) Happy 4th Blog Anniversary XXX

  7. February 5, 2015 at 15:50
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    I really enjoyed all the recipes you had called "Raw Savory Thanksgiving Recipes" and then the desserts also. I have tested many many many of your recipes and the cheese cakes with black berries is what my family go nutty over. The parsnips (and I made the same recipe with carrots also) is always a winner to make with the dehydrated mushrooms -- big yummy and heads up on everything you publish -- it is easy to follow your recipes and they always come out 100 % -- a big thank you -- you are an INSPIRATION.

  8. Vicky
    February 5, 2015 at 18:15
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    It's really hard to pick just one! But if I have to choose, my favourite are Raw Jalapeno Lime Brownies :)

  9. February 5, 2015 at 18:53
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    I love all your raw rice recipes! I had never even used celeriac before, let alone substituted it for rice!

  10. James M
    February 5, 2015 at 19:16
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    Can I just narrow it down to a category? Because the donuts have been awesome!

  11. Anonymous
    February 5, 2015 at 20:17
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    I love the warmth that your Christmas recipes brought. There was one that I made so many times, my family and friends ate themselves sick. It was a raw apple spice doughnut! <br /><br />Yasmine

  12. February 5, 2015 at 21:43
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    Happy Anniversary & cheers to healthy vibrant eating! You have evolved and grown and share so much pure deliciousness with us all. I must say my favorite categories are your Cheesecakes and Dream-Cakes, but I cannot wait to try all of your dehydrated creations now that I have a dehydrator! Super excited. Congratulations again, here's to healthy eating!

  13. Tanya Swinney
    February 5, 2015 at 21:59
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    I'm sorry, I can't pick just one...Your desserts are gorgeous.

  14. February 5, 2015 at 23:01
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    I love the Raw Blood Orange Caramel Dark Chocolate.

  15. February 5, 2015 at 23:07
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    i love your blog. as a person who can't eat sugar but loves to bake, i follow your blog everyday to check out all the new recipes you post. my favorite recipe of yours is your famous eggnog cheesecake. i would love to win a copy of your cookbook so i test out all of your recipes in my kitchen and eat all the raw vegan goodies i can handle! One thing I would love to see in the future is a taro root recipe but I'm not sure if that be done raw. Thanks for sharing your recipes and happy blog anniversary! :)

  16. February 5, 2015 at 23:16
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    Your recipes even arrived in Germany! Your recipes are so inspiring. I love the raw Apple cinnamon macaroons. I love to try and taste more of your delicious food! Keep it up <3

  17. February 6, 2015 at 00:01
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    I love the chocolate items and the maple cake...but one of the first things that caught my eye was this cake because I love the colors: http://fragrantvanillacake.blogspot.com/2012/07/raw-pretty-in-pink-birthday-cheesecake.html

  18. Jenn guerra
    February 6, 2015 at 00:23
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    Happy birthday! Thanks for sharing your gifts! :+))

  19. February 6, 2015 at 00:55
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    Your recipes are always amazing, inspired and beautiful, thank you!<br />

  20. Anonymous
    February 6, 2015 at 01:12
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    Oh that's mean...making me pick just one...;)<br />But if I have to narrow it down~ the 1st one I ever made of yours is still my go to:<br /> "Raw Rose Pomegranate Dream Cake" <br />it's what got me hooked on your recipes :) & I keep making it (along with so many of your others)<br />(& I'm addicted to your Raw dehydrated sweet potato "Crackers", Well actually now raw sweet potato in heaps of of your recipes)<br />Thank you for sharing<br />The Aussie Healthynut :)

  21. Ashley P
    February 6, 2015 at 01:27
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    I love all your recipes, especially the cheesecakes!

  22. February 6, 2015 at 02:11
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    any recipes with lime !!! and more recipes with no coconut meat..it's very hard to get where I live ..

  23. February 6, 2015 at 03:01
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    Thanks for all you do to encourage people to enjoy healthy food!

  24. February 6, 2015 at 03:31
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    Oh my goodness, I have so many of your recipes bookmarked it's hard to pick one. I've got this one planned for hubby's b-day in a few weeks.

  25. February 6, 2015 at 12:52
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    Stubmbling on your blog a few years ago was the best thing that ever happened to me. <br /><br />It was the bright green of the Raw Avo Tart! Still a fave.<br /><br />And the fact that you have so many choc-peanut variations, just keeps me glued to every new recipe.<br />Thank you for your creativity!<br />xxx

  26. February 6, 2015 at 15:29
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    This cake looks so amazing! I am thinking of trying this sometime soon!

  27. Anonymous
    February 6, 2015 at 15:46
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    Hey Amy. I'm from Denmark, so first I apoligize for some misspelling.<br />I have read almost all your post and I am so impressed.<br />Thanks for sharing.<br />Love From Laura<br />

  28. February 6, 2015 at 17:14
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    I would love to see a saffron rosewater and spiced cardamom cake and more matcha,dark chocolate mint and raw honey truffles with cinnamon...just a thought:) for a savory a would love a leek potato soup with kale and Kabocha squash

  29. R.A.V
    February 7, 2015 at 01:54
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    I recently found you blog and I'm looking forward to trying the raw tangerine coconut granola.

  30. February 7, 2015 at 07:20
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    Amy's Fruit Cake is my favorite recipe on your blog! Yum. Who says fruitcakes are bad?<br />Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  31. February 7, 2015 at 09:56
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    Raw Strawberry Chocolate Chunk Blondies

  32. February 8, 2015 at 06:02
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    I like the easy Raw Sugar Cookie Dough Butter!

  33. February 8, 2015 at 13:17
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    I love peanut butter and chocolate so I will say Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, although it is very hard to pick just one! I would love to see more coffee/chocolate combos and raw eclairs. Congratulations on 4 years of wonderful blog posts!

  34. February 8, 2015 at 18:48
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    I love all of your recipes, especially the ones that include peanut butter! I really liked your recent recipe for <br />peanut butter banana chocolate chunk cupcakes! And the raw red velvet strawberry filled donuts rock. I also love when you do DIY body products, like the great body frosting and lip balm! I'd love it if you made more DIY body stuff! <br />-Ellie<br />Keep up the amazingness though! You have mad frosting skills.

  35. February 9, 2015 at 22:19
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    i don't have a favorite, but they all look so good!! i am so glad that i found your page!! and so excited to share them as well and incorporate the recipes into my eating plan!! yay!!

  36. February 11, 2015 at 14:50
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    I would love to see Devil's Cake recipes and pasta recipes - shaunie

  37. Sara
    February 11, 2015 at 22:58
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    I have to pick just ONE?! Okay, then it would have to be the Raw Samoa Cheesecake . . . samoas were my absolute favorite GS cookie before going vegan, and that cheesecake is a dream come true!

  38. February 11, 2015 at 23:11
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    I would like to see a shahi paneer recipe :-)

  39. Anonymous
    February 12, 2015 at 04:38
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    I really like your savory recipes. I have loved trying the different kale chips you have created. You make beautiful food.

  40. February 12, 2015 at 04:48
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    Birthday Cake Martini! That counts, right? :-)

  41. February 12, 2015 at 05:12
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    I love the cheesecake recipes and banana ice cream recipes. The cookie dough is my favorite. <br /><br />You rock Amy!

    • February 16, 2015 at 20:29
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      Thanks Miliany <3!

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